Yu Su is from Kaifeng, in Henan province, on China’s central plain. As the capital of the Song Dynasty, the city has a rich culture and history, and it’s the subject of one of China’s most famous paintings, Zhang Zeduan’s Along the River During the Qingming Festival, which depicts the city’s unrivaled splendor during the twelfth century. It’s a city that people don’t exactly associate with electronic music, and in fact, Su, like many Chinese children, got her first introduction to music through the piano. Her mother often put on pieces by pianists Debussy or Liszt at home, which planted a seed. “My mother’s music teachings are my biggest inspiration,” Yu Su says.
When she was 19, she moved to Vancouver, Canada. She didn’t know much about electronic music at the time, but when a friend invited her to go to a party DJed by Floating Points, she was riveted. It was love at first sight (or in this instance, listen). Even back then, she didn’t particularly care for labeling music—she believes everyone experiences music differently. “Music, for me, can be divided intuitively,” Yu Su says. And her productions sound so organic and unforced precisely because of this. “When the feeling comes, music speaks by itself. It will tell you how to draw out the sound.”
In college she majored in anthropology, focusing on Asian religions. Her interest in Daoism, in particular, has shaped her understanding of music. “Things aren’t perfect in themselves,” she believes. “You don’t have to make them perfect because all things have their own path to fruition. This is also how I approach music: everything is natural.”
在十九岁的时候，苏玉搬去了加拿大温哥华上学，那时的她对电子音乐还不甚了解。一次偶然的机会，苏玉在朋友的邀请下参加了 Floating Points 的迪斯科派对，那是她第一次被电子音乐深深迷住，随后便一发不可收拾。很快，苏玉找到了自己在音乐方面的心头好，但她并不喜欢用风格的限定来描述音乐，她认为每个人对音乐的感受是不一样的。“音乐对于我来说，是靠感觉来进行区分。” 她也更喜欢把自己的感觉融入进制作，让音乐听起来顺其自然，随心所欲。“当感觉来的时候，音乐会自己说话。它会告诉你声音该如何延续。”